A beautiful, new edition of the beloved fantasy hailed as “the stuff of epic tale telling” (Booklist), perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast from New York Times. Book Review: East by Edith Pattou. Posted on July 28, Title: East. Author: Edith Pattou. Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult. Publisher: Harcort. Readers with a taste for fantasy and folklore will embrace Pattou’s (Hero’s Song) lushly rendered retelling of “East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

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I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time, but it just didn’t work for me: Rose travels on the bear’s broad back to a distant and empty castle, where she is nightly joined by a mysterious stranger. That is what Pattou has written. Her superstitious mother keeps the unusual circumstances of Rose’s birth a secret, hoping to prevent her adventurous daughter from leaving home Read the glossery in the very back for modern names I loved the mother’s superstition, her brother, Neddy- their love and close relationship, Rose, of course was a brave, smart girl, The White Bear-it’s amazing how you can start to love an animal in a wast, Thor didn’t think I’d like him but I did!

If anything, the Troll Queen is an anomaly among her kind, especially as trolls keep humans as servants.

Children’s Book Review: EAST by Edith Pattou, Author . Harcourt $18 (p) ISBN

Charles literally hears his baby call Rose Maman and doesn’t put two and two together. But it was worth it in the end. What were the odds esat Just everything he went through in this book seemed so pointless.

I mean, view spoiler [she cuts off her finger to make a key to save her son. To pull off that many first person perspectives takes a Herculean amount of talent, and trying to switch perspectives every two or three pages makes that even more difficult. There was still plenty of magic. I love their family dynamic. I thought it wasn’t very believable that Rose would be willing to sleep with some unknown man Bear in his human form for so many months and not ever wonder what is happening until her mother prompts her to start wondering.


The romance was slow-building, more about trust and compassion, than about physical lust. Ultimately, the reason why I grew to love Rose’s time in the castle was primarily because of her interactions with the Bear, which were both endearing and exasperating. In solving that mystery, she loses her heart to a polar bear, discovers her purpose of life, and realizes her travels have only just begun.

She is the epitome of a strong and determined character and joining her on her journey and quest is a delight. Rose is just amazing and you can’t help but admiring her persistence. Edithh Arne married the superstitious Eugenia, he agreed to have seven children with pathou for each point of the compass, excluding north.

Oct 22, Leigh Anne marked it as to-read Shelves: I’m confused, is this the same story as East? Sep 30, Tabor rated it ediyh it Shelves: The Captain was very mean and had a chauvinistic attitude towards Rose and women in general. Plus, it’s historical fantasy rather than plain old-school fantasy, as the setting is 16th century Scandinavia, and the author uses a historical event from a century prior patrou somewhat mysterious and apt for reinterpreting in fiction.

Since I read this back when I was first becoming interested in YA, I was worried that a second pattoy would prove to be less enjoyable. Rose is better because Rose respects her father. Like Rose, the Troll Princess has an older woman as quasi helper. Fifteen years later, Pattou has finally followed up East with this sequel, appropriately titled West. The Troll Princess gets to have her say as well. Pqttou 07, Steph Su rated it it was amazing Shelves: Add to that, and this is something I truly loathe in terms of plot devices, Charles has lost his memory, so he spend the majority deith the book not knowing who his wife and deith are.

I read East when it first came out about 15 years ago and absolutely loved it. The story ends with Rose oattou Charles getting married and going home to meet with their respective families. View all 7 comments. The writing style was eats horrible.

But I liked it. I’m going to replace that old, shitty review now, because that was enormously embarrassing to read back over. The novel delineated an ordinary world ddith a magical world by making Rose’s home life somewhat more mundane as well as keeping from her many of the ma For a re-telling this was very good.


All that mattered was to make things right. Words fail me when I try to describe an extraordinary book; indeed, there is no part of this book that was not amazing, and thus there is no part that I can describe well.

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Which it wasn’t even that big of a deal, just my personal opinion on the storyline. Anyway, I’m making it sound somewhat boring when it wasn’t.

My personal favorite East character, my literary crush edjth my late teenage years: On the one hand, more Neddy is always a good thing, and comparatively he is the one who keeps his character from the original the most, and I will say his POVs were still my favorite, but by gum was his storyline all over the place. I read a remark at the back about how this story was for the people, who grew up with East, and I really wish Pattou had a written a story for these women, who now have their own families, new worries, and who need a grown-up fairy tale that speaks to these issues.

It’s like something that looks and sounds really good, but somehow doesn’t come off really well, kinda like an apple omelet. From the moment the sleigh had vanished from sight and I could no longer hear the silver bells I sast that I would go after the stranger that had been the white bear to make right the terrible wrong I had done him From the author of the beloved high fantasy Easta thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge.

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Rose is a such strong, independent, and inspiring character. I loved everything about this book! Eddith is a sprightly young girl, who has to live with a polar bear in exchange that he will help her older sister heal from an illness.

But I liked the portrayal of the trolls and how you get into the mind of the Troll Queen and see some of her motivations better. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.